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Old 01-19-2006, 10:38 PM
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Finding myself with some extra time, I decided to build this little tank. Christopher Wilson did a great job on his so I wanted to see how much detailing I could do without hitting the aftermarket. Now THIS is a challenge for me. I am off my AMS medication. :lol:

The photos are also tests. I will eventually write a review but I am no longer tied to any site. So, I hope you guys don't mind my displaying some work here.

After finding a suitable subject (I prefer to model exported or captured tanks or those with facial markings) I decided to rip the cellophane off the box. I will model tank 531 seen here:
http://beute.pz1.ru/Beutepanzer/su/t...34_41-42_9.htm

First I began by drilling out the wheels. For the sake of simplicity, these wheels are slide molded and the lightening holes are not drilled through. Be careful as the idlers (at the front) are not aligned in such a way that one can drill through the outer and inner halves. It is far better to drill from the outside towards the inside.
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:39 PM
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Luckily, the drive wheels are aligned.
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:50 PM
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I then removed the front (lower) bumper stop as this is a trait of the T-34 with 85mm gun turret. At this point, I have not modified the first roadwheel arms. Since my subject has no front mudguards, these items will be visible on the finished kit. You can choose to ignore it since a lot of it will be behind the solid roadwheels.
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:52 PM
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There is some flash evident which will get in the way of a good fit. In any case, there is a small gap which will need to be filled on the lower rear hull plate.
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:53 PM
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While the inner side of the glacis plate does show some basic detail, I opted not to cut open the driver's hatch.

There are pin marks that will need to be sanded down for better fit. Since I plan to remove the front mudguards, I did not bother removing the pin marks there.
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:55 PM
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I managed to damage the edge of the MG housing but this will be hidden with epoxy putty welds. I just wanted to show that it was my fault.
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Right on Saúl... glad to see you posting some pics of your work That's what this place is about...model building ....and not BS :lol:
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:58 PM
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I used Gunze Sangyo's sanding meshes on the gun barrel. Yep, they have abrasive meshes which work pretty well. I usually use a magic marker to 'paint' the barrel so as to know how much I am sanding away. I will also cut strips of this mesh to use with my Creations Unlimited Flex-I-File. The meshes work wet or dry but does not clog up.
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I jumped ahead to the turret since there is some detail in there in the form of a basic breech for the gun. So, I test fitted the parts and saw that the roof ledges are far too deep, thick and quite visible. As you can see, the rear and center ledges are removed and the front one are cut to half their size. Note that the roof plate has huge proud pin marks but these are extremely easy to remove.
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Old 01-19-2006, 11:09 PM
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James,

How can you model so much, and so well, and still be on the PC so long? :-)

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